GANGGANG, creators of the BUTTER Fine Art Fair, and Forty5, the live entertainment company behind The Vogue Theatre and Rock the Ruins, proudly present the I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll Festival. Set to be Indiana’s first one-day Black rock festival, the event aims to pay homage to the genre’s true origins, celebrate the ongoing legacy of Black rock, and promote equity within the music scene.

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Taking place on Saturday, May 18 at The American Legion Mall in downtown Indianapolis, the festival boasts an impressive lineup featuring Janelle Monáe, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Randolph Band, Joy Oladokun, Meet Me @ The Altar, and Inner Peace.

“We are doing this to celebrate the significance of Black artistry in rock music, a sound with direct ties to the rhythm and blues of Black people,” said Alan Bacon, GANGGANG co-founder. “This festival is about the longstanding presence of Black artists and authorship in rock ‘n’ roll as much as it is about racism, cultural appropriation, and economic justice.”

IMRR lineup Announcement 1.10.2024
IMRR lineup Announcement 1.10.2024

Presale tickets, starting at $75, will be available on Thursday, January 11 at 10 am, with general ticket sales opening on Monday, January 15 at 10 am on In the lead-up to the festival, GANGGANG and Forty5 will co-present Sonic Stories, a series of rock music listening sessions and screenings in February, March, and April, spotlighting local and regional voices and fostering conversations about race, music, and culture.

“GANGGANG and Forty5 are aligned in our mission to bring people together and build community by way of the arts,” said Forty5 CEO Jenny Boyts. “We are proud to be a part of producing this important series of events and look forward to bringing this amazing collection of artists to Indy, who will drive important conversations, create space for joy and celebration, and ultimately inspire us all.”

For additional festival information, advance ticket notifications, and to sign up for the I Made Rock ‘N’ Roll email newsletter, visit Don’t miss the chance to be part of Indiana’s historic celebration of Black rock at this groundbreaking festival.

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